Milwaukee Archdiocese Settles with Sex Abuse Victims

In an almost five year Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee agreed to a $21 million settlement with alleged sexual abuse victims by clergy members. This is the longest running church bankruptcy in the history of the U.S.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki made a statement saying “We all know that no amount of money could ever restore what was taken from these individuals.”

Of the 570 alleged victims, only 330 individuals will be sharing the $21 million sum. The director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, David Clohessy stated his distress with the situation. Attorney Jeff Anderson who represented many of the victims said the plaintiffs settled out of court to avoid further distress in litigation.

The settlement includes $250,000 for victims who come forward after the agreement is finalized by Judge Susan Kelley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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